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September 2016

Labor Day Weekend Retreat

September 2, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States
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Labor Day Weekend Retreat at Esalen The Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California has a very special place in my heart and has been the site of a great maturing process for myself. I am so grateful for the conscious practices of healing which Esalen is known for. The quality of Prana and Lifeforce in the environment is mindblowing and amazing and anyone who has been there knows what I am referring to.  About Retreats at the Esalen Institute This…

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October 2016

Five Day Yoga Retreat at Esalen

October 23, 2016 - October 28, 2016
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

The Breath as a Tool of Transition: Yoga in Our Daily Lives The long, slow, conscious breath has the ability to stabilize and quiet the fluctuations of the mind. Concurrently, the breath can act as a medium through which we are able to connect to the formless dimension of being, to the invisible realms of spirit and soul. Whether we are in the yoga room, changing jobs, or dealing with a shadow facet of ourselves, the conscious breath can serve…

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May 2017

Esalen Retreat

May 7, 2017 - May 12, 2017
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

Yoga as a Journey of Being “In many ways, our whole lives are a series of doorways and passages into new or forgotten ways of being,” says Thomas Fortel. “Over time, the practices of yoga can create a softening of habits and patterns, a clarifying of mind, and a gradual opening of the spiritual lotuses (chakras). All of this can lead to an expanded field of awareness beyond our personal ego, and into a wellspring of life-force (energy) and our…

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September 2017

Labor Day Weekend Retreat at Esalen

September 1, 2017 - September 3, 2017
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States
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October 2017

Five-Day Yoga Retreat at Esalen: Dharana and Drishti

October 8, 2017 - October 13, 2017
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

Dharana and Drishti: Week-Long Retreat Dharana and Drishti: Both of these Sanscrit words indicate a process of development in our ability for a depth of mental focus and concentration. It could be said that Asana and Pranayama are a foundation of practice for the gradual healing of the mental, physical and emotional bodies. Drishti is a yogic gazing technique which develops concentration; gazing outwardly and at the same time, the attention turns deep within. (Another layer of meaning of Drishti,…

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May 2018

5 Day Esalen Retreat

May 13, 2018 - May 18, 2018
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

5-Day Retreat Weeklong retreat at Esalen.

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August 2018

Labor Day Weekend Retreat at Esalen

August 31, 2018 - September 2, 2018
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States
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October 2018

Five-Day Yoga Retreat at Esalen

October 7, 2018 - October 12, 2018
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

Week-Long Retreat Please have a minimum of 6 months yoga experience. Click to see Thomas's retreats on Esalen Website

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January 2019

Esalen Weekend Retreat: Personal Renewal through the Practices of Yoga

January 18, 2019 - January 20, 2019
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

Taking the time to go on retreat is a wonderful spiritual practice. Often on retreat, we enter into the cradle of nature where the pranic force (life energy) is magnified and completely available for anyone who comes. In a similar way, the practitioners of yoga have journeyed for thousands of years to the ashram (yoga community) to engage the practices of meditation, pranayama (conscious breathing), chanting, and Hatha yoga. In Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, the word “shramas” means…

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May 2019

Five-Day Yoga Retreat at Esalen: The Breath as a Tool of Transition

May 5, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Esalen, 55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920 United States

The long, slow, conscious breath has the ability to stabilize and quiet the fluctuations of the mind. Concurrently, the breath can act as a medium through which we are able to connect to the formless dimension of being, to the invisible realms of spirit and soul. Whether we are in the yoga room, changing jobs, or dealing with a shadow facet of ourselves, the conscious breath can serve as an amazing tool of transition—it can calm us down in the…

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